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Daily news roundup for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan 22, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

99% Invisible: Unbuilt

Dec 12, 2014

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

There is an allure to unbuilt structures: the utopian, futuristic transports; the impossibly tall skyscrapers; even the horrible highways. They all capture our imagination with what could have been.  Producer Sam Greenspan spoke with Andrew Lynch (aka Vanshnookenraggen), creator of Hyperreal Cartography, a Tumblr of unbuilt cities across the globe.

Laura Flynn

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Preserving neighborhood character by design

Jul 31, 2012

The first time I went to Pacific Heights, I expected to be surrounded by mansions, flower gardens, and expensive boutiques. Those weren't difficult to find, but while sitting in Lafayette Park during my first visit, I was surprised to see eight story apartment buildings nestled in between gold trimmed Victorian houses. That's when I began to investigate what was behind that juxtaposition – and what it meant in a neighborhood with a history of fighting up-zoning to preserve its dignified nature.

Bill McLaughlin / Surfrider Foundation

The only thing more powerful than human will is Mother Nature. At San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, the two forces have done battle for years over wave erosion, but only the city has something to lose. With the safety of its wastewater treatment plant at stake on the one hand and a lawsuit on the other, San Francisco’s planners are attempting to find a solution that will placate Mother Nature and avoid the most expensive fix: retreat.